Had this book on ice for some time, always meaning to give it some attention but being distracted by a flashier release. to not mince any more words,Had this book on ice for some time, always meaning to give it some attention but being distracted by a flashier release. to not mince any more words, I'll start by saying I liked it. I liked it so much, I ran out and bought the next 2 books in the series the afternoon I finished it.
The heroine of this series is Sadie, owner of a Crime Scene cleaning business in Seattle with the ability to talk to ghosts. She's bright, loyal ,and tough. The added additions of a pleasant cleanness or simplicity to the writing style and the atmosphere of the trauma cleans adds compelling grit that helps it stand out from the slew of cozy mystery/amateur sleuth who-unit's. ...more
I enjoyed this one more than book 1. There was tons of action and just enough emotion for my tastes. Also there was finally a resolution to an aspectI enjoyed this one more than book 1. There was tons of action and just enough emotion for my tastes. Also there was finally a resolution to an aspect that annoyed me. Unfortunately I still had to bump this novel down a star, due to the constant repetitive writing. I can't count how many times I read the sentence "Our eyes met, _________(insert eye color) on ______(insert eye color)." Or multiple heavy handed reminders of characters background info and physical/magical attributes. But if you can get past that, it's a rather fun ride and reads fast. I look forward to the continuation of Gin's story to come (hopefully with improved editing)....more
Non stop action and revelations, this go round. And a bit more hardcore and angsty than I expected, but never the less damn good. We got to experienceNon stop action and revelations, this go round. And a bit more hardcore and angsty than I expected, but never the less damn good. We got to experience a lot more Royce in this one too.
(view spoiler)[ I'm not on team Royce just yet, but Chance doesn't have one. I don't think they can rebuild what they had; and trying to hold onto it is draining them both. (hide spoiler)]...more
Demons have existed without our knowledge for....well ever lol. And they all have only one name much like Prince, Cher, and Sting. They’re named afterDemons have existed without our knowledge for....well ever lol. And they all have only one name much like Prince, Cher, and Sting. They’re named after the emotion present when they’re created. It becomes the emotion they feed off of and also the energy signature they give off to other demons. While humans can become demons, they almost always go insane or don’t survive the dog eat dog or should I say demon eat demon (human souls aren’t the only ones on the menu) world very long.
Allay is one of these rare human/demon hybrids, which makes her extra tasty to her peers. But due to learning some hard lessons early on, negotiating for protection, and opening a dive bar where she can safely feed from her patrons/stay out of other demons way; she's done pretty well for herself all things considered. Demon friendships are rare (not surprising since they’re cannibalistic) but she’s created a real bond w. a (female) demon named Shock; which has much to do with her survival so far.
Unfortunately now her best-friend is on death’s door, and is being relentlessly hunted by another demon who has abilities that shouldn’t exist. Allay’s determined to save her; but the demon community is in upheaval, everyone has ulterior motives, and her resources are slim. What’s a Demon/girl to do? lol
The set-up is extremely unique, the demons fascinating, and Allay’s struggles between her demon and human natures were deliciously complex. I personally enjoy small amounts of back story interwoven into tales that keep me on my toes instead of info dumps. But if that’s not your fancy, you may find the beginning of the story a tad confusing. I loved this book and it’s gritty darker edged Urban fantasy theme. If you like Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series, Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian (‘of the demon’) series, or Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series, this should be right up your alley....more
This book initially reminded me of a harder edged 'Dead like me', so here's a quick run down of things Madeline Black and Georgia Lass have in common:This book initially reminded me of a harder edged 'Dead like me', so here's a quick run down of things Madeline Black and Georgia Lass have in common:
- They're both Reapers, collecting souls of the newly deceased and escort them to the great big "whatever".
- The business of death as a lame bureaucracy related gig, makes for lots of great dark humor. I especially like that in this book they were referred to as 'agents', it fit the morbid IRS feel perfectly.
- They both fell into the job through fate. Being an agent of death is passed on from parent to child upon death. So if your Mum kicks the bucket, congrats kid your hired.
-They're obligated to perform the service, that makes normal working hours impossible. But aren't paid, so have to find quirky side jobs/methods to make ends meat.
- They both have pushy Bosses. Though George's indulgent often fatherly Rube seems preferable, to Maddy gorgeous but pain in the ass JB.
That's where the similarities end. This book could have easily continued to follow suit with what I expected. Maddy might of uncovered some conspiracy, recruited her kooky friends into the investigation, experienced some supernatural amateur sleuth hi-jinks, became part of an ever convenient love triangle, and eventually saved the day a little wiser for the experience. Now despite my glib summary, if that's the way the book had gone I would've been a happy camper. But it wouldn't have left a lasting impression.
Black wings on the other hand is like 2 books in one. I really thought I knew where 'it' was going. But boy was I wrong because monstrous nephilim, the Grand Poobah Lucifer himself, possession, a creepy almost incestuous fallen angel tree, and shifty/intricate demon court politics in hell...er I mean the Kingdom of Morningstar; was not it. But hot damn was it awesome.
I especially liked the way Lucifer and the other fallen angels are portrayed. They're neither Mr.Rogers friendly uber seducers, nor do they seem mindlessly evil/cruel. And instead are frighteningly non-human in their thinking/behavior, extremely domineering, tolerate no disrespect/slights, and yet are capable of affection/moments of kindness (well....to a degree lol). Add to that, at times the prose was downright decadent.
Two thousand miles had passed beneath her feet, and many villages, as she left the green lands and walked into the dessert. she walked, searching for her lover, every step bringing her closer to ash and cloud covered gray mountains - The Forbidden Lands. She walked, always hearing his voice in her ear: "come to me. Come to me. Come to me." She did not care where her steps led so long as he was there at the end of it all
I liked the 1st 40% of Black Wings, but the latter 60% was LOVE. IMO a fantastic series debut, I can't wait to see how this story progresses. I'll leave ya, with one last quote.
I had no magic, and then all of a sudden I felt something enormous surge out of me, like a bomb going off. There was this burst of white light that sort of burned through my skin. He dropped me, and when I looked up at him I saw whatever had come out of me had melted away his skin
This was a very uncomfortable read, that was a near DNF miss. The concept is brilliantly original, but I hated this book when I read through the firstThis was a very uncomfortable read, that was a near DNF miss. The concept is brilliantly original, but I hated this book when I read through the first 50%. I haven't found every UF character involved this unlikable since Sins and Shadows . Also something about the wording and the way the plot unfolded unsettled me, often conversations and interactions were a definite 9/10 on the creepy meter.
But despite all that the later 50% of the story was fantastic. The complex way the major conflict was resolved surprised the heck out of me, and I can't wait to see where things go from here.
I'm going with a 3 star rating to keep in mind the entire book. But if you want a break down I'd rate: 0-20% 1 star 20-50% 2 stars 50- 100% 5 stars...more